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    PUTIN VIEWS INNOVATION BREAKTHROUGH AS WAY TO INCREASE LIVING STANDARDS AND ECONOMY'S COMPETITIVENESS

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    MOSCOW, February 24 (RIA Novosti correspondent Oleg Osipov) - An innovation breakthrough for today's Russia is the necessary component for the country's quick modernization, a way to increase people's living standards and the economy's competitiveness, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday, when speaking at a joint session of the Russian Security Council and the Presidium of the State Council (an advisory body under the President).

    "We should not view the innovation policy as a unequivocal choice of and state support to a limited range of scientific and technical projects or industries," the President said. "We should envisage formation of principally new relations between science, business and the state, where separation of powers, responsibility and risks takes place at all stages of the innovation process, from the scientific idea to the final product." Within the innovation policy Russia has to build an adequate infrastructure, which will unite all the necessary administrative and legal institutional components, the Russian leader said. "Otherwise we will not be able to create the technological corridor from the scientific discovery to the market product," he pointed out.

    The President also believes it will be necessary to define "clear criteria in determining the priorities of the innovation policy, as well as a long-term forecast of development for both Russian and world economies." According to him, the current legal uncertainty does not ensure interests of the state, scientists and scientific organizations, and repels innovation investments from private businesses.

    Putin also pointed to the need to speed up introduction of corresponding bills to the State Duma [the lower chamber of the Russian parliament]. These include the final part of the Civil Code, which is devoted to intellectual property.

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